Special Issue "Sunflower for The 21st Century – Omics Era and Changing Environment"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Farming Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Dragana Miladinović

Guest Editor
Sunflower Department,Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops, Maksima Gorkog 30, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
Dr. Leire Molinero-Ruiz

Guest Editor
Department of Crop Protection, Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, CSIC, 14004 Cordoba, Spain
Interests: diversity of crop pathogens; early disease detection; field crops diseases; genetic resistance; integrated disease management; oomycetes; parasitic plants; phytopathology; soil-borne fungi
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Dr. Sreten Terzić

Guest Editor
Sunflower Department,Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops, Maksima Gorkog 30, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sunflower is the fifth most important edible oilseed crop in the world. Almost one-fourth of the total sunflower production is concentrated in European countries, in which sunflower is the second largest oil crop after rapeseed. Due to its good chance of withstanding different environmental stresses, as well as having low input requirements and good adaptability, sunflower has been proposed as a potential model crop for adaptation to a changing environment. Its future is related to potential for adaptation to climate change, but also to its competitiveness and attractiveness for producers, as a source of food and energy. In the future, it is expected that integrative approaches that combine -omics technologies (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and phenomics) using bioinformatic tools will facilitate the identification of target genes and markers for complex traits and facilitate sunflower breeding and its adaptation to the changing environment.

This Special Issue focuses on the following topics: (i) genetic resources—investment for the future; (ii) breeding—new/old breeding goals and challenges; (iii) biotechnology and -omics—old problems, new tools; (iv) abiotic stress resistance—challenges of changing environment; (v) biotic stress resistance—new and emerging pests and diseases; (vi) broomrape—constant challenge; (vii) crop production and modeling—yield stability in changing environment; (viii) confectionery sunflower—emerging crop; (ix) seed, oil, and meal production and quality—new and old market demands, and (x) economy and market—trends and prospects.

The aim of this Special Issue “Sunflower for the 21st Century—-Omics Era and Changing Environment” is to compile the latest and the most prominent research activities of different groups working on sunflower, including communications presented at the 20th International Sunflower Conference, as well as to present the most up-to-date research results and to outline future prospects and possible new research directions of this important oil crop.

Dr. Dragana Miladinović
Dr. Leire Molinero-Ruiz
Dr. Sreten Terzić
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • sunflower
  • genetic resources
  • breeding
  • stress resistance
  • crop modeling
  • -omics
  • oil and meal
  • market
  • confectionary
  • diseases
  • broomrape

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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